Emma Power

I am an urban cultural geographer in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.

My research programme is concerned with urban living and the politics of care. My work envisions a world of more caring and just cities, asking how cities can better support life and the practice of care through studies of housing systems and governance, urban planning and cultures of home. I am motivated by an interest in what makes cities liveable and am driven by concerns about the implications of growing urban and housing inequity, the residualisation of social welfare systems in western liberal welfare states and urban liveability in changing climates. 

Current work mobilises theories of care to ask questions about the social value and work of housing and to theorise infrastructures of care and caring capacity. I am part of the Cooling the Commons team, investigating what it means to live well in cities in a time of climate change. A third area of research investigates the important bond that people share with their companion animals and how the relationship between people and their pets takes shape across a range of housing and urban contexts.

My ARC DECRA fellowship ‘Ageing, Home and Housing Security Among Single, Asset-poor Older Women‘ investigates how housing policy and governance, and ongoing housing mobility, inform how single older women who do not own a home create and maintain a sense of home and security. The project asks how older women can find housing security and a house that is a home.

I am Editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy and a co-founder of the Housing Journal Podcast.

I hold an Honours degree in Social Science, Graduate Diploma in Education and PhD in Human Geography. I served as Vice President of the Geographical Society of NSW (2012-2016) and Board Member at the Geographical Names Board of New South Wales (2012-2016).

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